The Neptunes #1 fan site, all about Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo


November 2008

N¤E¤R¤D In Roundhouse, London

It wasn’t so long ago that everything Pharrell Williams touched turned to platinum. At one point in 2003, Pharrell and his childhood friend Chad Hugo – working under the name The Neptunes – had produced nearly 20 per cent of the songs playing on British radio. Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the stars to have called upon them for their unique sound. With their own band, N¤E¤R¤D – in which they are joined by Shay Haley – they have also enjoyed success. Their 2001 debut In Search Of…, a genre-spanning mix of hard rock, funk and hip-hop, is a thrilling record in spite of its inconsistencies, and 2004′s Fly Or Die was also well received. Yet their star has waned – Pharrell’s debut solo album in 2006 failed to live up to expectations, and The Neptunes sound no longer dominates. When N¤E¤R¤D’s third album, Seeing Sounds, was released this summer without much fanfare, the question was asked; has Pharrell lost his touch? On the evidence of the reception that greeted the band tonight, the answer is a resounding negative. The main reason for this is Pharrell himself. Live, the skinny 35-year-old from Virginia is a true star, especially with the ladies. He plays up to it, too, blowing kisses into the crowd.

Hugo was absent (which went unexplained), but the night wasn’t just a one-man show. Alongside Haley and another MC (Fam-Lay), the live band (which included two drum-kits) was impressively tight. Despite his cool demeanour, Pharrell’s knack is connecting with the crowd. Many bands tell the audience they want to party with them, but N¤E¤R¤D seem to mean it. “I don’t see any signs saying no crowd surfing,” Pharrell suggested, and later he invited three guys from the audience on stage to dance during the frantic “Spaz“. When one whispered into his ear, Pharrell said, “No, you’re my idol.” At the end of the night Pharrell repeated the trick, but this time with a dozen or so women. Finishing with “Everyone Nose” and “She Wants To Move“, with a little bit of the riff from The White Stripes’Seven Nation Army” thrown in for good measure, the crowd never stopped bouncing. The lack of an encore after a relatively short set was a touch disappointing, but it’s never a bad move to leave an audience wanting more. Pharrell and his posse may not currently be as all-conquering as they once were, but on this night they proved that their star quality endures.

Chester French – The Jimmy Choo’s (El-P Remix)

Here is El-P’s Remix to Chester’s Jimmy Choo’s Off Chester French – She Loves Everybody (EP) (2008). Make Sure U Copy That Shyt

Chester French – The Jimmy Choo’s (El-P Remix)

Common To Sell UMC For $0.99 Cents

“Check me out on the website, y’all can get the whole album for 99 cents the day the album is released, y’all can’t beat that, my music is priceless. [Laughs]”. Common was recently speaking in North Carolina, where he caught up with HipHopDX. There, the Chicago veteran emcee talked about his forthcoming album Universal Mind Control. “I’m really excited about it and for me as long as I’ve been making music I always wanted to challenge myself. This album is a lot of free music, a lot of feel good music. I didn’t overthink the subject matters and made music you can dance too, ride out too, and have fun too. I wanted to give people something to smile about, enjoy, and let loose.” Within Universal Mind Control, Common says he has a song that really embodies the political climate America witnessed earlier this month in his home city. “I have a song called ‘Changes’ and it’s a reflection of what I see in the future, it’s changes going on right now.

The youth really have a opportunity due to the fact we have Barack Obama in office. It’s due to the fact that people of all colors can see a black men, with his black women, and family can really do something powerful and lead this country. I wrote it probably five or six months ago, and it really fitting for the climate of the world right now.” Lastly, as artists ranging from Mos Def and 50 Cent have traded fourth quarter releases for a much less crowded 2009, Common explained his own push-back. “I originally was starting this album as an EP which was like a six song collection of songs. It was called Invincible Summer and I wanted to bring it out during the summertime. I did this film Terminator Salvation and I couldn’t finish the album in period I wanted to. I said, ‘Man Universal Mind Control is the perfect title for the sound of the music. UMC fits the theme of what the album is about. That sounds like something from back in the days to something futuristic.

Chester French Free Tickets

From Chester’s Myspace: Attention San Diego Chester French Fans – Free Ticket Opportunity. Hey San Diego Chester French Fans, We’re playing a show at the House of Blues with Matisyahu and Flobots tomorrow night and we’d like to invite one lucky fan to come see us for free. We have one free ticket available and, not only that, we’re extending an invitation to come to the show early and hang out with the band as well! Just send us a message on Myspace with the subject “SAN DIEGO FREE TICKET” and, if you’re the lucky winner, we’ll give you further instructions. So respond ASAP!
-DA & Max

Kevin Rudolf – She Can Get It (Chad Hugo)

You may not know him yet, but Kevin Rudolf is on his way to regular rotation on your iPod. Signed to Cash Money/Universal Republic earlier this year, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer released “Let It Rock.” The single, which features Lil’ Wayne, recently peaked at No. 23 on the Pop 100 and No. 33 on the Hot 100. Now, the New York native is ready to release “City,” which he describes as a “conceptual album that follows the story of my experiences Ð it’s like a coming of age story in NYC.” “In The City” was produced entirely by Rudolf except for one track handled by The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo. “We were in the studio mixing one day and he walked in the room and said he wanted to do something with us,” Rudolf recalls. “We banged some music out that same night!” Chad Hugo co-produced the song “She Can Get It”.

The set features songs like the seven-minute ballad “Great Escape” and “N.Y.C.,” which will be included in the soundtrack to “Fighting,” a film starring Terrence Howard due later this year. To help promote the album, Rudolf will start a promotional radio tour next month and plans on scheduling another tour before 2008 is over. “I’ve been hearing some crazy stuff, like ‘Let It Rock’ is Ryan Seacrest and Lindsay Lohan’s favorite song right now. I have been very blessed and feel really lucky,” says Rudolf. “There is no info or pictures of me anywhere, yet the track has taken a life of its own. The music is truly speaking for itself.”

Common’s Complex Interview (14th Nov.)

It’s easy for rappers to claim they’re recession-proof, but only a few MCs are telling the truth. You’d think that a person like Common—a thoughtful rap veteran who’s never gone platinum—would be suffering the most during a time when hip-hop albums are flopping faster than Kimbo Slice. But Lonnie Rashid topsy-turvyed the game. His last two albums, Be and Finding Forever , have taken him to new commercial and critical heights, and his consistent acting roles have turned him into a seriously promising Hollywood player. So what does that all add up to in rap’s dollars and cents? A spot on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, as well as a role in next summer’s potential blockbuster Terminator 4. But Comm still loves good music, and he’s finally made some time in his busy schedule to unveil his long overdue Invincible Summer-turnt-Universal Mind Control album, which drops December 9. We spoke with the Chicago MC weeks before the release to get his thoughts on No I.D, Kanye vs. Pharrell, dating (or not dating) Serena Williams, and our new President-elect Barack O’ Bama.

Complex: So December 9th is the day for Universal Mind Control. What can we expect?
Common: You’re going to get something you’ve never heard from Common and in hip-hop as a whole. It’s a fresh new sound, and I think it’s the future of hip-hop in many ways. We did a lot of electronic stuff, and a lot of different elements and styles. It’s the future of music, but it also deals with the basics of it. We were thinking about the future the whole time, but it turned out to sound like “Planet Rock.” It goes to show you how ahead of the game Afrika Bambaataa was, and the influence they had on us.

Complex: When you renamed the album, was there any altering to the music itself?
Common: Nah. The funny part about it is a friend of mine that works with me, when I told him that I’m not going to change the title of the album from Invincible Summer; I was like I’m just going to keep it as Invincible Summer and deep down inside I wanted to change the name a little bit but I didn’t have another title that was better. And she said, “After hearing the album, it sounds like Universal Mind Control. And it was like a light bulb went off. It does sound more like Universal Mind Control. You know, focusing on the essence but creating futuristic things with it. That’s what it sounds like.

Complex: You have been working with Pharrell and Kanye a lot. Where did those two differ the most?
Common: I would say Pharrell, first of all he does have a production partner but regardless he comes up from scratch with the music so the process is different. He just might come in and create some music from scratch. Where as with Kanye, we listen to the samples and decide what we may do, and he may chop something up and flip it or we may play something that’s been inspired by samples. Basically what I’m saying is the process is a little longer with Kanye, as far as creating. And Kanye is definitely like, “Let’s go in this direction” or “Let’s go in that direction.” Where as Pharrell, it’s more suggestive. I’m trying to think of the biggest differences because they have more similarities than differences. They’re both really talented at coming up with hooks and giving you a direction for the song. Like, “Man, maybe you should rhyme like this.” Or they might reference something. I would call them geniuses.

N¤E¤R¤D In Amsterdam

Here are some Pics and a Video Clip of the N¤E¤R¤D performance on Sunday Night in Amsterdam. Thanks to Noto for The Clip.

New Chester French Album Info (13th Nov.)

According to Paste Magazine, Chester French collaborated with the French artists Yi Zhou & Singer Charlotte Gainsbourg for their album ‘Love The Future’ and it seems that the ‘Idle Warship’ collabo ‘Fall Back’ from early this year will make it on the album or is it a new tune only with Talib?. “Chester French’s five track EP, She Loves Everybody, is due in stores Nov. 18 (and is already available digitally). Drawing its name from the band’s ’60s-pop, Motown-esque first single, the EP also includes the group’s song “The Jimmy Choos.” The band’s biggest fans outside of Williams? HBO. Both songs have been featured on past episodes of its hit Entourage. Williams does his part on the EP as well, contributing a Neptunes Remix of the titular track. Both tracks will be featured on the duo’s long-in-the-works debut album, Love The Future, which will hit stores in February of 2009.”
“The album boasts some impressively eclectic collaborations: rapper Talib Kweli, multifaceted (Chinese-born) French artist Yi Zhou and French actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (star of The Science Of Sleep, amongst other roles). The album is a collection of the duo’s diverse musical influences, from hip-hop to rock, swing to jazz, Motown to country. And the types of instruments featured span from the usual suspects (guitar, keyboards) to the not-so-usual (French horn, theremin, timpani). But they stress Love the Future will work as a cohesive statement, rather than just a bunch of different musical genres and singles strung together. “We try to be as open as possible. There’s not a single genre of music we discriminate against. We just hate shitty music,” Drummey said in a recent statement. “What we tried to do is make something musically diverse but also unified. And we did the best job of that ever in the history of music.” Confidence is key, right?”


Chester French – The Love The Future Project (2009) (February)
Guests: Yi Zhou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Idle Warship…
Confirmed Tracks:
- The Jimmy Choo’s
- Beneath The Veil
- Pleasure Squad
- Neal
- Not Over You
- She Loves Everybody
- People
- The Sister Song
- C’mon On My Own
- Fall Back feat. Idle Warship
- My Party
- Out At The Compound
- Over The Moon
- Time

Ray J. – Wait A Minute (Original Album Version)

Years ago I found a old ‘Ray J. – This Ain’t A Game’ tracklist way before the album came out, where it said ‘Wait A Minute feat. Lil’ Kim (Remix)’, so I was always wondering why Remix, ain’t that the actualt tune? Well it’s not.. We finally managed to get the Ray J. tune without Lil’ Kim from the ‘Wait A Minute VLS’ from 2000 thanks to ThaG. This is actualy the original album version, but they decided to put Lil’ Kim on it.

Ray J. – Wait A Minute feat. Pharrell (Vinyl Version) (2000)

Ray J. – Wait A Minute feat. Pharrell & Lil’ Kim (Album Version) (2001)

Swizz Beatz reveals Pharrell’s Newborn’s Name

Months ago we all heard the rumour about Pharrell being a daddy, well this might not be a rumour anymore because Swizz Beatz sat with Angie Martinez yesterday at Hot 97 where he confirmed that Pharrell has a son named ‘Rocket’?. “Shoutout to Pharrell, to his new son ‘Rocket’ “. Check it out at the 5:40 mark. Thanks To Meg.

Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Steve Aoki Remix)

Here’s the ‘She Loves Everybody Steve Aoki House Remix’ Off the ‘EP’.
Make Sure To Cop That Shyt

Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Steve Aoki Remix)

Something Else At #46

Robin Thicke
is nearing the end of his Top 50 run, hitting No. 46 this week as Something Else selling 12,400 copies. Following-up his platinum-selling album The Evolution Of Robin Thicke, the crooner’s latest release continues its steady pace with 243,800 units sold.

Robin Thicke – Magic (Steve Aoki Smooth Operator Remix)

Check out Steve Aoki’s version off  Thicke’s ‘Magic’

Robin Thicke – Magic (Steve Aoki Smooth Operator Remix)

Chester French CMJ Tour Diary: Episode 3

Nelly – Let It Go Lil’ Mama (Video Sneak Peak)

Check this clip out off Nelly’s SEMA 2008 Introduction of the new Ford Flex, where u can see a Sneak Peak of Nelly’s ‘Let It Go Lil’ Mama’ Videoright at the beginning.

Chester French Headline MLS Cup 2008

Major League Soccer
announced today that recording artists Chester French and Colby O’Donis will perform live at MLS Cup 2008. Major League Soccer’s 13th annual championship game features the Eastern Conference Champions taking on the Western Conference Champions at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will be broadcast live on ABC, TeleFutura and CBC on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 ET. “Major League Soccer is delighted in welcoming Chester French and Colby O’Donis to highlight our pregame festivities at the 13th annual MLS Cup championship match,” said Geoffrey Hayes MLS vice president of special events. “We are excited that an innovative, up-and-coming musical lineup will be on hand to provide our fans the entertainment that they have come to expect from our marquee events.”Chester French will headline the pregame festivities with a live performance of songs from their album.


Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Neptunes Remix) (Full)

Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Neptunes Remix) (Full)

Here is the Full Version of the ‘She Loves Everybody’ Neptunes Remix. Chester French’s EP , “She Loves Everybody,” which features fantastically mixed and mastered versions of “She Loves Everybody” and “The Jimmy Choo’s” and amazing remixes (The Neptunes and Steve Aoki’s version of “She Loves Everybody” and El P’s remix of “The Jimmy Choo’s“), comes out November 11th. That’s today! The EP will be available on iTunes and Amazon.

Chester French – She Loves Everybody (EP) (2008)
01 – She Loves Everybody (Main)
02 – She Loves Everybody (Neptunes Remix)
03 – She Loves Everybody (Steve Aoki’s Remix)
03 – Wurlitzer (Interlude)
04 – The Jimmy Choos (Main)
05 – The Jimmy Choos (El P’s Remix)

You Can Check The Whole Preview Of The EP Here & Don’t Forget To Order It!!!!!

Message From Veneno

To all my fans and friends who are interested and wondering wuts going on with my situation at Star Trak the answer is I’m still signed but I don’t know when my release date is, because of this I have been basically forced to make my own Website through the help of my friend Greg Benning owner of the Connection Magazine and Sergioveneno. com is now under construction. This is where you can get all Exclusive Music from me and my team MDT and Beast Music. We will also sell clothing merchandise.

I will inform everyone once the site is up holla. Sergio Veneno Star trak/Interscope. Also, incase you missed it first time, check out our Exclusive Interview we did with Veneno.

Whats Up With All Those ‘Supergroups’ Lately

From the hyped Lil’ Wayne and Juelz Santana connection, to the super group consisting of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Lupe Fiasco, hip-hop is full of potential collabo projects that never materialize. A few weeks ago, Nelly revealed his plans to form a super group with T-Pain, Akon and Pharrell. Kon, confirmed that the project is a possibility. “It’s definitely something that we’re discussing,”. “An idea is always an idea. Whether or not it manifests is really on the powers of those with the idea.” “I’m all for it,” he continued. “I love to make more money. I love to create new music with artists that I admire so it’s definitely something I would be with if they could get it together.”

Unfortunately for Akon, the odds are stacked against a disc from a hip-hop based “super group.” T-Pain’s heavily hyped T-Wayne project with Lil’ Wayne has yet to come to fruition and Pharrell is already committed to a super group called Child Rebel Soldiers with Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco. Though Fiasco said he and his fellow CRS rappers have recorded a bunch of records for the forthcoming LP he also admitted that getting superstars to come together is not an easy task. “First he don’t wanna do no verse on this one, then he don’t like this beat. Then he can’t come to the studio on time,” Fiasco said. “It’s regular group action going on but amazing records.”


Pharrell In Paris

Ladies & Gentlemen, the girl y’all see on the pic with Pharrell in his arms, is a good friend of mine the wonderful gorgeous Lucie. She had the opportunity to meet Pharrell this weekend in Paris !!!

Lloyd Banks’s ‘Superstar’ Freestyles

Check out those Freestyles by Lloyd Banks rappin’ over ‘Mr. Me Too’ & ‘It Blows My Mind’ beats, off his ‘Superstar’ Mixtape.

Lloyd Banks – Mr. Me Too (Freestyle)

Lloyd Banks – The Warm Up (It Blows My Mind) (Freestyle)

Robin Thicke & Jerry Seinfeld To Perform AT ‘Marriage Is A Beautiful Thing’

A Performance by Jerry Seinfeld with special musical guest Robin Thicke to benefit Baby Buggy, Monday December 8, 2008 7:30 PM, Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St, New York, NY. Tickets: $250 or $125 on sale November 10 at 10am at Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, CenterCharge at 212-721-6500. For special benefit tickets and packages starting at $500 call 212-245-6570 or email
Thanks To JonesForYou

Added New To The Audio List
Thx To ThaG

The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Neptunes Remix) (VLS) (2002)
- The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Neptunes Extended Remix)

Ray J – Wait A Minute (CDM) (2001)
- Wait A Minute (No Rap)

Robin Thicke On Jimmy Kimmel (11-7-08)

Robin Thicke – Magic (Performance)

Pharrell & Shay Talk About McCain & Obama

Thx To Luvabuv

Pharrell Designs Chair & Table (Video)

Ever wonder what it’s like to sit in Pharrell’s seat? Now you can—literally—with a couple of chairs and a table designed by Skateboard P in collaboration with Domeau & Pérès. The limited edition furniture will be available in a few colors. Only four of each will be sold. The chair represents “the love between a woman and man.”“I had often wondered what it’s like to truly be in love, not lust for once. So I decided not to ask what it was like in someone else’s shoes or what it was like to sit in their seat. I decided to sketch out my own experiment—the Perspective Chair,” Pharrell says.

Pharrell Williams ‘Perspective’ Thx To TheLuvaBuv

“Universal Mind Control” Review (Nov. 6th)

As Common plays “Universal Mind Control,” the opener to his Dec. 9 album of the same name, he can’t help but pop-lock a little bit as he mouths the words along with the track. By his own admission, Common’s records have never been known as club bangers but that’s definitely about to change. While attending his live shows’ after-parties last year, he noticed a distinct pattern while everyone celebrated. “My own DJ wasn’t playing none of my songs and I realized I needed something for people to rock in the clubs,” he explains to the small group of media folk assembled at New York City’s Legacy Studios. It’s almost as if Common only recently noticed that he had a certain image that the rest of us assumed he was cultivating intentionally. Never content to sit back and do the expected, in early 2008 he began work on the Invincible Summer EP that eventually grew into this full album, Universal Mind Control. While much of Universal Mind Control is comprised of dance records, don’t think that Common is somehow compromising himself.

He still injects his own high-minded take on music into each track and, with the help of The Neptunes and Mr. DJ of Outkast infamy, conducts experiments on sound. “We wanted to take the music to the future and do things that I had never done before and they had never done before,” asserts Common. Mission accomplished: even for a production team known for diversity, UMC breaks new ground. While this record is decidedly not another attempt at the critically panned Electric Circus, it is a more expansive take on Common than you’re probably used to. Hollywood is paying Common’s bills quite nicely these days, freeing him to truly make music for the love. With his musical career experiencing a second Renaissance and Hip-Hop opening up to a more broad take on the art, it’s perfect time for him to branch out, and he takes full advantage. Don’t let Universal Mind Control slip by in the sure to be crowded December schedule. Thanks To 30th Century Man

01 – Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
The Afrika Bambaataa inspired single featuring Pharrell that sets the tone for what’s to come. No big changes from what we’ve already heard.

02 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Kanye West (Neptunes)
Also Know As “The Eye”, a laid back swing where Com talks to a lady giving him “the eye.” Kanye heard it and insisted on getting on the hook so some changes were made and the original featuring Pharrell became the remix. That other version is likely to appear as a bonus track.

03 – Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Mr. DJ)
A little bounce mixed in with So-Cal top-down music with a touch of Outkast. Cee-Lo assists on this hook, who Common says he’d like to work with on every album.

04 – Sex 4 Sugar (Neptunes)
Also known as “Party Shit” Common ties on a little Jungle Brothers on top of a thumping beat and marching-band snares. Common’s talking to a stripper on this one and it’s definitely not about going to college.

05 – Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
Another single featuring Pharrell, who according to Common came to the studio with his verse already on the track. “We just wanted to make a tribute to Biggie in our own way,” Common says of the track, which flips the late Frank White’s “Dreams” into 2008.

06 – Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
Anyone who would still accuse him of being granola or going hipster will have their mouths shut after listening to “Gladiator,” a ridiculously hard auditory assault. Common jokes that he tried to mix a little Ghostface in to the RZA influenced beat (“You know how Ghostface will come on the hook like, “Yeah n*gga, what!’”). A definite favorite of the critics assembled in the room.

07 – Changes feat. Martina Topleybird & Omoye Assata Lynn (Mr. DJ)
Again, Common hasn’t entirely abandoned inspirational themes and imagines that this track could be something for Barack Obama to play on inauguration day. [Ed. Note: Common played this before Obama was President Elect] Mr. DJ layers sounds to create a bright visual for him to speak on and at the end, Common’s eleven year old daughter steps in to drop a little poetry.

08 – Inhale feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
Common says this one is “just good Hip-Hop. I don’t really have a big explanation for it.” Probably the most prototypical Neptunes beat with Chad even joining in to scratch in a sample of Tribe’s “Sucka N***a.”

09 – What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
Common breaks down the typical conventions of structure to tell the story of his life on a Funk inspired track. D.A. from Chester French passionately sings the hook over Max’s guitar riffs and a N¤E¤R¤D-meets-Blondie flavored arrangement.

10 – Everywhere (Runaway) feat. Santogold (Mr. DJ)
Believe it or not, if Common formed a band with Pat Benatar or Stevie Nicks, this is probably what they’d come up with and it turns out a lot better than you’d assume. Probably the most deliberately 80’s song and absolutely accomplishes the goal of delivering something unexpected.

Common – Universal Mind Control (2008) (December 9th)
01 – Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
02 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Kanye West (Neptunes)
03 – Make My Day feat. Cee-Lo (Mr. DJ)
04 – Sex 4 Sugar feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
05 – Announcement feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
06 – Gladiator feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
07 – Changes feat. Martina Topleybird & Omoye Assata Lynn (Mr. DJ)
08 – Inhale (Neptunes)
09 – What A World feat. Chester French (Neptunes)
10 – Everywhere (Runaway) feat. Santogold (aka Runaway) (Mr. DJ)
11 – Punch Drunk Love feat. Pharrell (Remix) (Neptunes) (Bonus)

- Dreaming (Mr. DJ)

Charles Hamilton – Free Download (Get Along With U)

Check out this Freestyle of Charles Hamilton to the Get Along With U beat.

Charles Hamilton – Free Download (Get Along With U)

Obama Wins Presedential Election

Congrats to the United States’ 44th President Barack Obama. Some of y’all got out there early and waited in line during the weekend. One Perezcious reader did just that in Miami on Sunday, and was joined by rapper Pharrell, who waited in line for 5 hours to make his voice heard. They say that the N¤E¤R¤D singer was accompanied by his bodyguard, who assisted with the wait by going out and buying Pharrell some Burger King.


The Accessories Council Excellence Awards

Pharrell spoke at the Accessories Council’s 12th Annual ACE Awards in New York. This year’s ACE Awards took place on Monday, November 3 at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC to celebrate the contributions of designers and design houses that have made outstanding achievements in accessories design with Hall Of Fame, Lifetime Achievement and Designer Of The Year Awards. Recognition is also given to honor the accomplishments of journalists and publications with the aptly named Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism and Magazine Of The Year Awards. Additionally, ACE honors individuals from the entertainment arena for their personal style and influence on fashion with the illustrious Influencer of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards.

The 2008 honorees Are:

Jimmy Choo: Brand Of The Year
Sally Singer: Marylou Luther Award For Fashion Journalism
Banana Republic: Retailer Of The Year
Elle Magzine: Magazine Of The Year
Nicolas Ghesquiere For Balenciaga: Designer Of The Year
Cate Adair: Influencer Of The Year
Stella McCartney: Green Designer Of The Year
Emilio Pucci: Hall Of Fame

A Fan’s Perspective By “Moralz”

“I finally got the chance to meet Pharrell. I must say it was bittersweet but a good experience and learning experience. The story is, my man was able to book an interview with Pharrell through a few connections. He knew I was an aspiring producer so he didn’t hesitate to ask me and I jumped right on it. We were suppose to speak with him after a N¤E¤R¤D concert but it got postponed and it was moved to the Studio. So we go to the studio and I was nervous. I remembered all the youtube videos from Pharrell making music and was bugging. We walk into the studio and the guys who run it sit us down in a room not far from the production room. And I’m hearing heavy bass and melodies and am thinking this is a dream come true. There are the constant drum and percussion additions to the beat and were hearing people go back and forth. I saw Pharrell’s brother pass by and introduced myself and asked him was he the one P mentioned in “Best Friend“. He didn’t know but he was a real cool down to earth kid.

So we wait around and after a while we get to go into the studio. I was mad nervous but he’s just sitting there working on a beat. He looked back at me a few times and shot really hard glances but kept on going with the beat. Now that I think about it, it was possible he was nodding at me but I couldn’t distinguish that from a head bop. He was definately in his zone, and sang a few things that was on his mind. Just like what you’ve probably seen in the “In The Midnight Hour” video. My man wanted to set up the camera equipment and it came time to test the levels. So Pharrell stopped the music to record something again and my man cut him off right as he was about to record. He said “hey Pharrell can you hold on a second while we test out the mics”. There was a small ackward pause. It kind of felt like the world stopped because me, p’s man and p were just looking at him. Everyone stopped for a few seconds. After the Pharrell just said “you don’t do that.” Those were the first words he said to us that whole time.

And my man apologized and Pharrell said, just go ahead. That definately made things alittle ackward. Then, we went ahead and did the interview. My man introduced himself and P said ok. I introduced myself and he didn’t respond. He was cool on camera but after the interview he went directly back to the beat without saying much. He turned it on and was texting. I held out my hand and said “hey dude can I just shake your hand” and I just said hey man you’re a big inspiration to me. He said thank you and bowed and went back to business. The thing is that he’s all about business. He addressed us exactly what we were for and went back to his business. I can’t be mad at that but its just like “In The Midnight Hour” Video. He’s all about the music and don’t mess with him when its music mode. I couldn’t get him a demo or anything but I got the card of an engineer there and told him that I do a few things. He said I could shoot him a few things. I couldn’t blame P for being that way since its business. For all I know, we were probably the press and a few steps from being paparrazzi to him.”

The Interview

Kenna Live On Arte AT One Shot (Manu Katche)

Say Goodbye To Love

Out of Control

Sun Red Sky Blue

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No Neptunes On Kid Sister’s Album

If you checked out the tracklisting for Kid Sister’s debut Dream Date, you would have noticed that none of The Neptunes produced tracks ended up making the album. The Chi-Town MC explains why.“This album is a body of work. Those tracks didn’t come together in time for us to incorporate them into this album. Think about a family album… You’re paging through a scrapbook, you need some cohesiveness. They weren’t quite there yet, but there’s promise,” said the 28-year-old, born Melisa Young. But make no mistake about it. Those songs will likely be heard somewhere down the line. “When I saw Pharrell, he was like, ‘I’m so behind you,’ so I’m sure that’s not the end of those tracks. They’re going to find a different home somewhere, maybe a commercial.” Kid Sister’s Dream Date has been pushed back from November 25th to January 27th, so there is still the possibility that the Pharrell tracks could appear on the final album.

Kid Sister – Dream Date (2009) (January 27th)
01 – Fashion Friction (Intro)
02 – Life On TV (Yuksek)
03 – Let Me Bang (XXX Change)
04 – Family Reunion feat. David Banner (Diplo)
05 – Don’t Stop Movin’ (Infamous & Develop)
06 – Beeper (The Count & Sinden)
07 – Get Fresh (A-Trak & XXX Change)
08 – Pro Nails feat. Kanye West (A-Trak)
09 – Down Ass Jawn (Trackademicks)
10 – Dream Date (Skit)
11 – First Ladies feat. Estelle (Curt Cameruci)
12 – Control (XXX Change)
13 – Switch Board feat. (DJ Gant-Man)
14 – You Ain’t Really Down (Greg Magers & Graham Burris)
15 – Damn Girl (A-Trak) (Bonus Track)


Roy Ayers Favorite Things

Roy Ayers could very well be the best jazz/R&B artist you don’t know. In his 40-plus years as a vibraphonist, he has produced a string of soul and funk classics, like “We Live In Brooklyn Baby” and “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” that has arguably made him the second-most sampled musician in hip-hop, after James Brown. You may have heard snippets of his music in songs by 50 Cent protégé Tony Yayo (“Fake Love”) or A Tribe Called Quest (“Bonita Applebum”). But while the exposure of his extensive catalogue is enough to boost any man’s ego, the 68-year-old Ayers remains humble and busy. Just last year, Ayers and Kanye West were enlisted to produce “In The Mood,” a modish jazz cut off Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli’s seminal CD Eardrum.

Ayers continues to tour and work on an album due to drop in 2009, which he says may feature the exhilarating, highly underrated jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Meanwhile, Verve has reissued three of his albums from the 1970s, which highlight some of his best work. EW caught up with Ayers before his show at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, where he joked, laughed, and talked about his top five favorite samples of his work. Check it out after the jump. A Tribe Called Quest: “Bonita Applebum,” from 1990’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm Samples “Daylight” That is classic, what they did with “Daylight.” I actually talked to Pharrell Williams from London. He was on the phone from Virginia and we were talking. Pharrell said that’s what really started his whole career. I felt very proud.

N¤E¤R¤D – Spaz (Live On Jimmy Kimmel)

Robin Thicke’s Recent Tour Dates

Nov. 5th Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
Nov. 8th Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 14th Miami, FL – Funtain Bleu Hotel
Nov. 16th Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

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